The top tier Democratic candidates continue to provide every imaginable reason for their assumed qualifications to be president. They speak of grandiose ideas and theories which find no support in actual working experience. Not one of these people has built or created anything but rather have spent their careers in academy or government, wasting taxpayers’ money. One thing they lack not is so-called self-esteem which is demonstrated by their willingness to rehearse how smart they are and how stupid conservatives remain. Where did these inflated egos come from?
John Rosemond, a family psychologist who writes periodic newspaper columns, makes more sense than most shrinks. His primary thesis is that American took the wrong fork in the road back in the 60’s when we started listening to all the psychobabble concerning what he calls “postmodern psychological parenting.” One of Rosemond’s principal gripes is the old baloney that “Children need to be able to freely express their feelings.” He maintains that “the natural inclination of the child is anti-social narcissistic.” He even suggests that children are tyrants by nature because they believe they deserve what they want and, if given an inch, they will demand a mile. The good doctor has unearthed an ancient nugget of truth that should be dusted off and allowed to glitter in the sunlight of universal observation.
Solomon said it this way: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:5). Millions of people regularly pray “our Father which art in heaven.” But fail to acknowledge that the deity, whom they acknowledge as “Father,” knows more about parenting than anyone else! God has never given humanity a free pass on unacceptable behavior; consequently, a great deal of His Book stresses the necessity of curbing dangerous appetites. The heavenly Father is not above utilizing force when necessary, as indicated in Hebrews 12:6: “for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Prisons are filled with criminals who wouldn’t be there if responsible discipline had been consistently applied to their lives and occasionally the posterior backend. Mike Huckabee said his father was a patriot –“He laid on the stripes and I saw the stars.” You could do worse than Mike, a former pastor, governor, presidential candidate and talk show host who embraces conservative values that made America a country where the entire world desired to immigrate.
The high self-esteem brainchild sends Rosemond off like a Roman candle. He says” “Mind you, we made this up. Absolutely no empirical evidence obtained by scientific means existed to support this claim. It just sounded good; therefore, it was easy to market.” His subsequent points are that people with high self-regard possess low regard for others. Instead of seeking opportunities to serve others, they seek to manipulate others. He contends that individuals with high self-esteem want to be served and paid attention to. Rosemond’s conclusion is that high self-esteem and humility do not coexist. A common sense question would be, who would you rather be married to or what kind of employer would you prefer to work for ---a person who thinks very well of themselves or a humble personality? Humility and accomplishment are compatible. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” ( 1 Peter 5:6).
Shortly after the inauguration of Mr. Obama, the TV cameras were focused on Mrs. Obama as she visited a class of school children. She told the approximately twenty-five students that they could all be president if they wanted. Perhaps her intentions were good as she was attempting encouragement, but let’s quit lying to our kids. Do the math; if each one served a four year term beginning at the age of forty, the last one would be installed at 140. Multiply that by millions of other aspirants, and you get the point. Not all children will become professional athletes or famous singers or actors. Can’t we be honest and simply encourage them to work hard and do well at whatever their aptitude dictates?
Queen Elizabeth at age nine went shopping with her grandmother, Queen Mary, in some of London’s most impressive stores. Crowds gathered outside waiting for a glimpse of the beloved princess. Young Elizabeth became very impatient with her grandmother. She urged, “Please hurry, Grandmother. I wish to go out and let those people see me.” Sorrowfully, Queen Mary led little Elizabeth to the store’s rear exit. They returned to Buckingham Palace another way.
She was told: “England loves your father and mother because they serve, not because they rule. Your loveliest crown is not made of gold and precious stones, but of humility.”
When we hear that forced socialism will be our future, the authors of those recipes wish to rule, not serve. Are they still narcissistic children? “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (I Corinthians 13:11).